I’m always amazed with what my students create in my furniture painting class here in Maryland.
It’s usually a group of women that have never touched a paint brush, walking into the classroom feeling a bit nervous to put paint on a piece of furniture, for fear of messing it up. But at the end of the 5 hours, they walk out with this piece of furniture that looks as good as any project you’d see on an established DIY blog!
It’s such a creative high!
These women create projects that inspire me, too. They choose colors I have been hesitant to try for fear that it wouldn’t look right on a piece of furniture. They choose styles that I usually don’t do, but after seeing them transform a piece with different styles and colors, I walk away wanting to “steal” their ideas.
And the best part is that these women walk out more confident in their creative ability!
It’s rewarding to think that my furniture painting class kicked off their love of refinishing furniture!
This weekend I hosted another installment of my furniture painting class, and it turned out great! Here’s a detailed recap!
Yesterday a woman named Sandy walked in, unsure about painting this awesome piece her Mom had given her years ago. In fact, she was going to get rid of it!! Can you imagine?! It was gorgeous mahogany!
Those legs were amazing!
At first, she was only going to paint the top because she was nervous about doing the whole thing.
But after some Emporer’s Silk Annie Sloan paint, and some dark wax, she was in love with the piece, and so proud of what she’d done! Doesn’t it look awesome?!
A woman named Yael also had a great piece that she picked up at an antique shop for $90. She wanted something lightly distressed. She also had no prior experience with painting furniture, but you’d never know it! She rocked this piece!
She used Annie Sloan Provence (1 coat only), and wanted the wood grain to show through a bit with some light distressing.
I suggested she take advantage of those panels and Mod Podge some scrapbook paper to the them. We had a couple hurdles getting one of the panels on properly.
By the way, the weather was crappy outside, but we had a good time inside!
She used Old White on the inside.
We were all “oohhh”ing and “ahhh’ing” over her piece! Isn’t it fabulous?!? It’s such a beachy chic look! I think I am going to have to steal this look ;).
And this woman, Connie, was such a pleasure to have in class! Last month’s furniture painting class Connie came with these awesome pieces. She had a little side table she was painting for her son in college. She used Annie Sloan Graphite on the outside and Emperor’s Silk on the inside. It looked great! And we also realized that “black” is not really “black” when it comes to Annie Sloan paint. It’s more like a dark charcoal. Just something to keep in mind if you ever decide you want to use it!
Connie reminded me why I love Aubusson Blue. I had used it before when I free-handed a huge flower on the outdoor patio that I had found next to the trash. But for some reason, the color just looked more rich on her piece!
She came back to this month’s class to do some touch-ups on the table, too. Isn’t this the most beautiful shade of deep blue you’ve ever seen??
Connie also brought a mirror with her that she was painting for her beach house. She used Aubusson Blue on it, and Provence on the edge. It’s such a great color combination!!! Again, I’m inspired to “steal” these ideas!!
And last but not least, Laura had found 3 amazing chairs for–gasp!–$12 total at a thrift store. She brought one in to paint. She loved the Aubusson Blue, too, and used Coco on the back. Love the color combo! Those are the similar colors I am using in my basement (if I can ever finish it….)
Silly me didn’t get a better “BEFORE” shot!
The Little Mishap…..
There actually was a fifth student. We had a little mishap at the beginning of class…….. The woman who did the red table, her friend signed up for the class too. The woman brought a piece of furniture that was so badly chipping (and there was no way to paint it) that she deciding to leave before class even started! She had sent me this picture for approval (which I ask of all students, so I can make sure each piece is sized perfectly to complete in the 5 hours we have).
I couldn’t tell from the pic that it was in such bad shape. It just looked worn, which isn’t a biggie in the furniture painting world, right? But even now, knowing how this piece looks in real life, the picture makes it look viable, which it was literally standing on its last legs.
To make matters worse, she had expected to paint it a fresh coat of black, and–gulp–I had run out of Annie Sloan Graphite! Yeah– this woman was ready to stone me. Come to find out, it wasn’t the shade of black she even liked. Even so, her piece was not a candidate for a makeover.
Here is what a pile of chipping looked like after she picked off some paint. YIKES.
I’m sorry that she was disappointed. I only want women to come to my class and feel good about their experience. It’s unfortunate because it was an awesome class and I think people learned a lot.
Going forward, I will ensure that people disclose any damage to their piece of furniture so we can make sure it’s a perfect piece for class. I want people to leave happy painters! 🙂
I can’t wait to offer more furniture painting classes in 2016!
I love inspiring people!
Ready to Sign Up For Furniture Painting Class, Too?
Great! If you live in Maryland, Virginia, or DC, come join us on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.! Class is located at the Sandy Spring Museum, just minutes north of Silver Spring off of Georgia Avenue!
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If you’d rather the comfort of your own home, we can arrange private 4-hour sessions. I bring all supplies, you bring the furniture :). Email me for session fees!
Soooo…….Any of these projects give you some ideas for projects you want to do in your own home? Leave a comment and share!